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2014 Highlights & Looking Ahead

By Liz Peloso, Global Director, BID Initiative

Dec 31, 2014

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Photo: PATH

Photo: PATH

This year was exciting for me and for the BID Initiative. As the Global Director, I moved to Zambia, one of our demonstration countries, to fully embrace the country-led approach which is really at the heart of the BID Initiative. As 2014 comes to end and we embark on a new year, I want to pause and reflect on all that we’ve accomplished and what we can look forward to in the year ahead.

  1. Hiring our team across three countries. We are fortunate to have assembled a talented team with a vast array of professional and technical experience. We now have 41 team members in three global offices (Seattle, USA; Lusaka, Zambia; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) and two newly-opened satellite offices (Arusha, Tanzania and Livingstone, Zambia).
  2. Launching the BID Learning Network. In our inaugural meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this year, we officially launched the BID Learning Network. Recently, members from our design countries joined us in Lusaka, Zambia for a design collaborative meeting. The contributions from our members across meetings, webinars and our Google Group are critical to our success in developing adaptable and scalable solutions.
  3. Publishing the BID Initiative Product Vision. We documented a “top down” approach with a “bottom up” view in our Product Vision. We lead readers through the steps of how we’ve begun to organize the various country processes associated with immunization information systems and the associated information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure that can support the ministry of health’s vision and requirements.
  4. Beginning intervention testing in Zambia. With a User Advisory Group now established, we began testing interventions in health facilities in the Livingstone district starting with the product vision and change management interventions.
  5. Completing the testing phase in Tanzania. We tested multiple interventions in the Arusha district of Tanzania this year including National Electronic Immunization Registers, SMS messages, barcode scanners, micro-training videos and data-use guides, among many others to complete Phase 0 in 2014. Software development starts in January and we should be in full implementation mode by Q2 of 2015.

As we start a new year, I am proud of what we have accomplished and energized for what’s to come in 2015. With a lot of the baseline work complete, we continue to move into our implementation phase and I am truly looking forward to seeing how the BID Initiative solutions can make an impact. This will be an exciting year yet again for the BID Initiative and we hope you join us along the way. Cheers to 2015!

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